Glitter, Glamour, and Graveyards: Meet the Members of New Zealand's Original 'Coffin Club'

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Funerals don’t have to be boring, black, and depressing. To liven up their future burials, seniors in New Zealand have formed “Coffin Clubs,” National Geographic reports.

Katie Williams, a former palliative care nurse who lives in the town of Rotorua, New Zealand, founded the nation’s first coffin club in 2010. Today, New Zealand’s Coffin Club community has around 160 members, and the idea has also spread overseas to countries like Ireland.

Members build and decorate their own caskets, and also provide mutual support and care. These get-togethers—which could be described as a twist on arts and crafts circles—demystify death, reduce funeral costs, and give a pop of personality to end-of-life ceremonies, participants say.

Some seniors decorate their coffins with glitter and paint them vibrant shades. Others adorn them with motifs like leprechauns and clovers. You can see a few of these coffins—and meet their creators—by watching the musical video below, which was produced by Loading Docs, a New Zealand documentary group.

[h/t National Geographic]

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You Can Now Buy Your Own Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak 

Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
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Harry Potter fans, prepare to go nuts. Toy group Wow! Stuff has officially come out with an invisibility cloak and pre-orders begin on July 1.

According to CNET, the cloak works like a green screen and uses an app to show the wearer disappearing in photos and videos. The user can then save the photos and videos to their phone and show everyone their vanishing skills. The toy company felt compelled to warn users that they won't actually disappear, which is hilarious but worth clarifying in case someone thought they now had access to invisibility cloaks and real magic.

The creators actually examined the original cloak used on Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, now housed at Leavesden Studio, to make sure it was as close to the real one as possible.

The cloak, which is not transparent to the wearer, comes in two different versions: The standard cloak costs $70 and includes a stand to situate one’s phone for pictures. The deluxe version, which costs $80, has a serpent-themed border and a tabletop tripod so you can really go wild with photos.

The cloaks are set for an August 1 release, and have already made an impression on toy lovers, winning Innovative Toy of the Year at Sweden’s Toy Awards.

[h/t CNET]

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